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Jason Miller County Council at Large


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April 30, 2018
A Hard Pill to Swallow
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Amanda Miller, RN, BSN, MBA

 

There is an unprecedented opioid problem in our community. Much of the talk centers around who is to blame for this epidemic which generally leads to physicians and the healthcare industry.


April 9, 2018
Help Us Help You
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Amanda Miller, R.N., B.S.N.

MBA, Healthcare Administration

 

I have been a proud registered nurse since 2003. I have been lucky to work in a variety of facilities from New York City down to Washington D.C. and points in between. Most of my time has been spent in the Emergency Department of the several hospitals.

 


April 2, 2018
Livable Frederick – Fact or Fiction?
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

If you’ve heard about the new “vision” for Frederick County called “Livable Frederick,” you may have some questions on what it is to accomplish, or what its goals are.


March 14, 2018
Explanation of Methodology
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Harold “Bud” Otis

I’d like to share a story. In a country, far, far away, there lies a kingdom ruled by a powerful monarch. This monarch has become more and more infatuated with this own reflection.

 


March 7, 2018
We’re Better Than Confrontational Attitudes
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Harold “Bud” Otis

What we see in Washington now is quite different from the days of President Ronald Reagan, a courageous man who used his personal wit and intelligence to keep the Office of the President a respected seat, not simply of power, but of positive influence and dignity.

 


January 24, 2018
Keep “Maryland, My Maryland” as Our State Song
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Raleigh Boaze

 

James Randall, a native of Baltimore, was in Louisiana when he heard the news of fighting in his native city in April of 1861. He immediately wrote the poem, "Maryland, My Maryland," and it was published in the New Orleans Delta on April 26.


November 6, 2017
Setting The Record Straight
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

Recently, County Executive Jan Gardner had a "Letter to the Editor" published in The Frederick News-Post (FNP) outlining the many "successes" of her administration. Unfortunately, this letter was riddled with falsehoods, errors and misrepresentations.


October 6, 2017
The Perception of Deception
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

On September 1, 2017, the county executive was quoted in The Frederick News Post about many things she blames on the previous board of county commissioners. She uses perception of numbers to simulate that the sky is falling on several issues.


August 21, 2017
Doing What is Right, Not Political Convenience
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Raleigh Boaze

 

[Editor’s Note: This column by Mr. Boaze was written prior to the “by cover of darkness” removal of the Taney Statue from its post outside The General Assembly building in Annapolis, where it has stood since 1872.]


July 14, 2017
Keeping Our County Safe
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

A hot button issue these days is the 287(g) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program here in Frederick County. The county’s website provides a description of the program as it is implemented by our Sheriff’s Department.


April 13, 2017
A Smoke and Mirrors Budget
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

On April 15th the county executive will send her budget to the County Council, which will until May 31 to make any adjustments and approve her budget.


March 1, 2017
Backroom Deals and Ethics Spiels
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

When County Executive Jan Gardner (CE) was running for office just two years ago, her mantra was “open and transparent government where everyone can be part of the process.” She said she wanted to reform the ethics laws so we could trust our government.


February 1, 2017
Extending Monocacy River Banks Without Compensation
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Kirby Delauter

 

The newest government overreach coming from the Jan Gardner Administration is the Monocacy River Management Plan, also known as the “Monocacy River Land Grab.” This socialist experiment is being spearheaded by an appointed board and from behind the scenes by the county executive.


December 16, 2016
Newspaper Article’s Factual Errors Corrected
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

Just some observations on a recent front page article by Danielle Gaines in The Frederick News-Post entitled “A County Council Divided.” The piece begins by describing me speaking at a council meeting and goes through (with its best liberal effort) to describe the council reactions.


December 1, 2016
The Trump Election and What It Means
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

You can hold the applause until the end of the column. Why, you ask? Because I called the Trump victory as soon as he filed the paperwork well over a year ago.


October 31, 2016
Facts Should Kill Hotel/Conference Center
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month let’s discuss the disaster known as the Downtown Hotel Conference Center (DTHCC). When we follow the trail of deceit for it, you’ll see that our county executive, along with the likely four Democrats on the council will vote for this even though I laid out every reason under the sun as to why this is a really bad deal, and the people who will get stuck paying the tab will be you, the taxpayer.


October 3, 2016
Back in the Debt Saddle Again
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month we’ll go back to the Citizen’s Nursing Home saga that continues to leave a black mark on Frederick County for multiple reasons, most of all, the way the county executive and the Democrats (including Bud Otis) on the County Council bully their way to get whatever they want.


September 5, 2016
Citizens/Montevue Facts Behind The Spin
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Kirby Delauter

 

After reading the outright lies that County Executive Jan Gardner wrote in The Emmitsburg News Journal last month, I couldn’t help but respond in an effort to set the record straight.


August 26, 2016
Commodore to the Mountains
Guest Columnist

Galahad Sweetbottom

 

I have been learning about life in Frederick, Maryland, for several years through the eyes of The Tentacles, plural for all of the various and numerous writers I read carefully.


August 1, 2016
To sue or not to sue, that is the question!
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

You may be familiar with the J&J trash issue that was recently debated in the County Council meetings. I wrote recently about how I felt this local business was being targeted in how they use the county landfill/transfer station. Their business is trash; they are a local trash/refuse hauler and the landfill/transfer station is well within their business model.


July 11, 2016
“Bob” Waltz, RIP
Guest Columnist

Tim Wesolek

 

Our Friday lunch group, meeting at the Shamrock Restaurant, lost another member last week, when Norman E. “Bob” Waltz passed away. He was our third “loss” this year, following Maury Hassett and Mike Fitzgerald.


July 5, 2016
Solving School Issues in Frederick County
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

If we look back on the history of county government, we’ve been having the never ending discussion of how to build schools for well over 30 years. Current County Executive Jan Gardner became involved in local government as a citizen activist speaking out on school overcrowding in the 1990’s.


June 1, 2016
Non – Business Friendly Frederick County
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

I think our County Executive Jan (please take your business elsewhere) Gardner has forgotten who pays the bills in Frederick County.

 


May 2, 2016
The Budget, Constituent Service and Schools
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Kirby Delauter

 

It's budget time and, as a County Council, we get a full 25 working days to review and approve a $560 + or - million budget. That is 25 working days if you don't have any other full time job and could spend 10-12 hours daily on the review.

 


April 4, 2016
Rest in Peace Mike Fitzgerald
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month I am writing about a very good friend who not only helped me in business and politics, but also in just plain old fashioned common sense. That person is none other than Mike Fitzgerald.


March 31, 2016
A General Assembly Personal and Vindictive Foul
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Charles Jenkins

 

It’s March Madness time again...but I’m not talking about basketball. Every year when the General Assembly convenes for its 90-day session between 2,500 and 3,000 pieces of legislation are proposed. Most of them die on the cutting room floor – fortunately.


March 1, 2016
Solutions and Stumbling Blocks
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

School construction seems to be the hot button issue in Frederick County. As I’ve noted before, we’ve been dealing with school funding issues for well over 20 years.


February 1, 2016
State Budgets and County Sleight of Hands
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

We are approaching the budget season for county government and as usual, I’ll point out some items of interest as well as things I feel we could do differently.


January 4, 2016
One of a Kind……
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

I am going to stray away from the political realm and just simply talk about someone that has made a major impact on my life. That person would be my mother in law, Pat Zanella.

 


December 4, 2015
Solving Serious Problems Simply
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